Posted by: Brad Stanford | September 20, 2010

New Beginnings

Chapters end because God is too good to keep us from adventure, even when we think we’re too tired or too old for a new one. How often do people long to start over, but they can’t? They’re stuck! Not so with the people of God. He takes the worn out, the downhearted, the battle-weary, and wrings every last bit of glory out of them, replacing the glory with joy. Right now you feel the wringing, and the glory being sucked out of you. All that means is: Get ready for the joy!

That is the adventure of the bruised-but-not-broken people of God. It’s our story. And you are a major player, not a minor one. Minor players don’t get moved around on the board like you’re being moved.

That doesn’t make the kick-in-the gut feeling go away. It just gives us the ability to take the focus off the hurt, and get our eyes back on Jesus.

“Ok, Lord. What do you want me to do next?” applies just as much to a minute of one’s day as to the starting of the next chapter.

A good “new chapter” movie is “Up” from Pixar. It’s the most serious movie they ever made. Deeply moving, greatly encouraging. If you’re into that kind of thing, that is.

Curl up in the arms of God tonight. He has provision, life, and happiness waiting for you. Thank Him for the awesome ride, like a kid at an amusement park. And make Him smile by saying, “Can we go on another one like that?”

And He’ll say, “Check this one out over here. It’s even better!”

He’s always right, you know.



  1. Thanks for the great post. It really means alot right now.

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